SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 02: Curtis Sironen of the Sea Eagles celebrates scoring a try with Jake Trbojevic of the Sea Eagles and team mates during the round 26 NRL match between the Manly Sea Eagles and the Penrith Panthers at Lottoland on September 2, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

2017 Season Review: Manly Sea Eagles

Predicted Finish: 13th

Actual Finish: 6th

Best Performer: Tom Trbojevic

Manly had quite a few good performers this season, but nothing was even in the same world as what young Tommy Turbo produced. 11 tries, 17 try assist and a ridiculous 21 line breaks make for wonderful reading. Considering he is just 21 year’s of age, those numbers are insanity. He would have played Origin if not for injury, and was magnificent for the Kangaroos in the World Cup. Manly fans have a genuine future superstar of the game here in young Tommy T, especially is he continues to post stats like those previously mentioned.

Season Highlight: Round 4: 36-0 over the Bulldogs

The Sea Eagles managed a series of memorable wins in 2017 but none were more enjoyable for fans than the 36-0 thrashing of the Bulldogs in round four. The outside backs had a field day, with Kelly (2) Turbo, Walker and Uate all feasting on some horrible defence out wide. Sironen and Koroisau completed the tour, with Walker kicking four from seven. Occasionally there are supposed blowouts that are much closer contests than they’d seem if you just look at the scoreline. This was not one of those occasions. The Dogs were left chasing shadows from memory. In terms of a contest this game was awful, but in terms of attacking brilliance, Manly had the ball on a string. Wonderful to watch.

Best Signing: Lachlan Croker

Manly haven’t ventured into the player market in a big way for 2018. After losing Blake Green, they may have to, but given the continuous salary cap troubles, they look as though they’ll have to make do with what they have. In Lachlan Croker, the Sea Eagles have signed a former NYC captain who seemed to be the ‘next big thing’ in the capital for many years. It didn’t eventuate in lime green, but Croker has all the talents to be more than just a handy pick up. He has been signed as a depth signing, but having just been named in the emerging NSW squad, Brad Fittler obviously believes he has a big future. It’s not likely he’ll be in the running to partner DCE in the halves early on, but who knows? Having played just the one NRL game for Canberra, Croker is an unknown commodity to most fans, but this kid is very, very talented. Whether or not he lives up to his undoubted promise is up to him.

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Positives

Return to finals: Manly missed the finals last year and many, myself included, couldn’t see them returning to the second week of September in 2017. They were able to prove us wrong by finishing comfortably inside the eight, and for a time there looked a serious top-four threat. It was important that the club bounced back after a horror 2016 season on and off the field. They did so, although the jury is still out as to the off-field performance of the club. Given their situation, having beaten Penrith quite convincingly just a week earlier, Manly will feel like they let a chance to venture deep into September slip. That said, 2017 always felt like a rebound year, and they managed to do just that.

Api proves gamble correct: Eyebrows were raised when Manly released Matt Parcell to play in England but the performances in 2017 by Apisai Koroisau proved Trent Barrett and co correct. The live wire Fijian number nine tackled his backside off, topping the Manly count with over 860. He also made eight line breaks and chimed in with three tries and six try assists. There are still slight concerns over his ability to play 80 minutes week-in, week-out but with another full pre-season under his belt it’s not beyond expectation that he can soon become that 80 minute hooker. Api is fast becoming one of the game’s most reliable number nines.

Uate and Kelly far surpassed expectations: I was originally going to dedicate this to Brian Kelly’s rookie year, but Uate had such a stellar return to the form that he deserves a mention here too. With Lyon and Matai retiring, there were two huge spaces to fill in the Manly back line. At only 21 year’s of age, Kelly had a wow of a season scoring seven tries and assisting five others. He was not overawed in his 23 first grade appearances. Uate, who really arrived as damaged goods, looked to return to almost his destructive best. 14 tries, 16 line breaks and 2500+ metres, are more the stats we are used to from the Fijian flyer. His World Cup was nothing short of incredible and should have him brimming with confidence come round one in 2018.

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Season Grading: B

Manly shocked the majority of NRL fans by challenging for a top-four position well into the season. Most, again myself included, had many teams above them in the pecking order. Really, we should have known better, such is the reliance this club continues to show.

DCE and the Turbo brothers had absolute blinders, while the likes of Kelly, Uate and Walker all did their part out wide. Throw in Taupau who had a far improved season, and that’s a fair nucleus of talent to build on in 2018.

Blake Green turned out to be an astute signing, and unfortunately for Manly fans, his exit will be felt with no ready-made replacement. Curtis Sironen also exceeded expectations following his shift from the Tigers. Manly’s recruitment team really attracted value for money in 2017 and it worked out extremely well.

Ultimately the season ended in the first week of the finals, but with a month to play, and four very winnable games, Manly looked set for a top-four spot. That is a huge achievement for a side who really struggled in 2016 and a team who officially said goodbye to three legendary players in Stewart, Matai and Lyon.

When measuring results vs expectations it’s fair to say it was a good season for the maroon and whites.

27 COMMENTS

    • Let’s do a 5 second review of you…
      Tick tick tick tick tick
      Results are in. MYchookmycar is a douchebag…

    • And the Roosters ONLY won 1 more while cheating. Big WHOOP! I bet you have a 3 x minor premiers tattoo you lemming!

  1. A+ for the cleaning staff. The Sweeping of the match fixing and salary cap scandal under the carpet was first class.

    • You know, we ALL realise there is no NEW tr0ll, just the same one with different faces. Isn’t it funny how new profiles suddenly appear once the same “usual suspects” disappear? Now stick THAT “handgrenade” in your mouth and do us all a favour and pull the pin. Then we can all count the holes in you Mr “Look at me! Look at me! I’m a tr0ll.” Didn’t you get enough hugs as a kid? No one in your life who is prepared to pay you the time of day? Go and take a long hard look at yourself, and that goes for ALL the NEW tr0ll profiles who suddenly all just got an overwhelming desire to create a profile “at the same time” and finally express their opinion… once the season is over and there is nothing much to talk about. Yeah, that makes perfect sense.

      • Whoa, whoa, whoa!

        I think you should take your Boyfriends advice and I’ll replace my username with yours

        You need to chill out SSTID _1970 , it’s one thing arguing a point another making it personal which may I add is easy from behind a keyboard, I don’t believe for one second you could back your mouth because of how loose it is , what my experience tells me is blokes like you don’t have the courage to express themselves the way you are when in presence of there chosen target , so be nice, there’s nothing tough about what your posting , your just proving how gutless you really are

        • Damn! I had a reply for you but it got blocked so I will have to break it down…

          You are right about my comment (above) going too far I will grant you that much but I am tired of the endless line of tr0lls (all new profiles that attack right out of the gate).

        • I see you still have not yet offered anything of substance only more insults and wind ups. So I will continue wait and hope you are serious about making a contribution. I stand ready to debate you on the facts but I have posted plenty on wider issues concerning the game, not attacking any team but seeking to debate the real issues facing the game but as yet you have offered no opinion. Do you have one?

        • When it comes to being called gutless well I can tell you hand on heart no one has ever said that to my face so we will never find out if YOU would. Mate I survived growing up in Redfern when that meant something. I am sure I could survive you.

        • Your most memorable quote to date… “hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha” Classic! To be honest, it doesn’t really showcase your intelligence now does it? Neither does call people crude names, it lacks imagination and finesse. Here’s a tip kefe, if you are here to make a positive contribution then make make it or stay silent.

      • kefe the mother country didn’t do to well this year aie Brouw πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚that explains why you’ve had your head buried in a bucket of KFC ever since πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ let me know if your out of gravy aie brouw πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
        Up up Samoa πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

    • SSTID it’s ok I know you are only coming to the Defense of your lap dog’s team. In fact I am surprised he is not here nipping at our heels. If that comment was directed at the Roosters or Broncos your emoji’s would be working overtime. Your double standards are exposed for all to see.

      • Whose double standards? I have had a swipe at the Sea Eagles and at the Eels. I have been critical of players or coaches at all clubs and made positive critiques as well. I wouldn’t be upsetting the “angry eagle” though if I were you mate. You will need more than a hand-grenade to penetrate his tough exterior and if he mistakes you for a chip there will be nothing left to identify you afterwards. You were warned.

  2. @ kefe

    What a FRAUD you are! Almost identical posts but yours was 50 mins AFTER MW47 and almost word for word. So you are incapable of any form of original expression you Neanderthal cut and paste hack!

    You just embarrassed yourself big time on this one… son! Congratulations on winning the 🎩🎩🎩 award for plagiarism and on becoming my new PiΓ±ata! I look forward to many future encounters my little curmudgeon. Be sure to wear plenry of padding you are going to need it. Bahahahahaha πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

    MW47
    December 19, 2017 at 9:00 pm
    You need to chill out kefe , it’s one thing arguing a point another making it personal which may I add is easy from behind a keyboard, I don’t believe for one second you could back your mouth because of how loose it is , what my experience tells me is blokes like you don’t have the courage to express themselves the way you are when in presence of there chosen target , so be nice, there’s nothing tough about what your posting , your just proving how gutless you really are

    kefe
    December 19, 2017 at 9:49 pm
    Whoa, whoa, whoa

    You need to chill out…
    it’s one thing arguing a point another making it personal which may I add is easy from behind a keyboard, I don’t believe for one second you could back your mouth because of how loose it is , what my experience tells me is blokes like you don’t have the courage to express themselves the way you are when in presence of there chosen target , so be nice, there’s nothing tough about what your posting , your just proving how gutless you really are

    • “almost word for word”

      Correction, EXACTLY word for word except for your juvenile crack “I think you should take your Boyfriends advice”

      What a joke! Laugh THAT one off Hardy Har Har I know I am! Bahahahahahahahahahahahaha

      • Love you work kefe , did they get your order at drive through wrong again πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ miss the gravy ? Nuggets ? Or were you short a drumstick? πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ tell me how does one with such large fingers hand such a small device? I’m taking about your tablet πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ knew you would jump to conclusions πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

  3. β€œI think you should take your Boyfriends advice and I’ll replace my username with yours.”

    What follows is a quote of this advice, with your username replaced for his. It was adequately explained.

    &, no, kefe is not me. Nor are any of these Rooster fans.

    • “Nor are any of these Rooster fans.”

      Really? And how would you know that for a fact? I’ll give you a tip… half of these brand new, just hatched straight from the egg, Roosters profiles aren’t in fact Roosters supporters. They are secret SSTID groupies who just want to get noticed and find the attention they missed as kids. Isn’t that what tr0lls are? Not that you would know that of course. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

      • My apologies, SSTID. I obviously didn’t make myself sufficiently clear; I meant nor are any of these new profiles me.

        As for your last comment, you really do like to provoke then play victim, don’t you?

        • Now now danielle, let’s not start down that path again. Did our “late night clandestine rendezvous mean nothing to you? I thought we turned a corner, really I did. Have I upset you? Not my intention. It’s all good danielle. No hard feelings. Of course the Roosters profiles aren’t yours, you are a Dragons supporter after all. By the way good job on the Dragons being able to manage their salary cap without controversy. Much better when the competition is fair and equitable isn’t it? There is no glory in victory otherwise wouldn’t you agree? πŸ˜‰

  4. I thought we turned a page danielle. At least I hoped we had. I never accused you of being kefe did I? Although there is a similariry in how an initial massive compliment was followed up by an unprovoked attack. I curious about why you felt the need to post on this?

    I realise what was attempted in the above re-post yes. There is not much that catches me off guard ir that I am unable to understand here. No kefe (and you will be shocked to know what this means in Samoan) is a plagiarist and as such a worthy recipient of the 🎩🎩🎩 award. No talent, no creativity, no intelligence, no clue! Yes, a perfect match.

    So how have you been danielle? Like kefe though I haven’t seen you post any relevant sibject related opinions on RL. No doibt an oversight soon to be rectified. I wait with anticipation. Have a nice day. πŸ˜‰

  5. There are so many pilot fish that everyone can have there backsides cleaned , πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
    You look fresher πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

    • SSTID’s lap dog makes his entrance. Did you sleep in? I bet SSTID kept you up all night with his gnashing over those evil Roosters and Broncos. I will give you an A+ for loyalty.

      • You wouldn’t be making a lewd reference there would you “grenade”? I would hate to see you punted from the site and go out with a whimper like 🎩🎩🎩. Much more fitting for you to go out with a BANG! πŸ’£πŸ’₯ Yes?

        Let’s work towards that then, sending you off with a BANG!

    • That’s a compliment il take with pride , tell me know was it you that got the order wrong πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ your mates upset you should have counted the pieces or did you sneak one ? πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ visiting Aunty for Christmas are yaz ? Wow bet between the whole family yaz still couldn’t come up with a full set of teeth πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚, funny

  6. @ Zero Tackle

    Can I get a ruling on the use of these words on a public forum and whether or not these profiles deserve to be banned? Also can these words be added to the block list (STD, STI, cΓΌnt)? Some children should not be allowed to play with matches or they might just burn the whole site down… AGAIN!

    kefe December 20, 2017 at 7:56 am
    Your a dumb cΓΌnt

    kefe December 19, 2017 at 8:23 pm
    So which one is it STD or STI?

    HereComeTheRoosters December 20, 2017 at 12:26 am
    @STD they had their chance…

    HereComeTheRoosters December 20, 2017 at 12:20 am
    the bias BS dribbled by STD who’s…

    HereComeTheRoosters December 18, 2017 at 11:14 pm
    – STD every time…

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